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Astridge counts lucky stars in Street Bike title chase

The 1000cc Honda VTRSP1 rider leads the championship despite a mechanical issue at the July’s event thanks Augut’s round becoming rained out.

“At the end of the July Street Series round, a scary amount of my bike’s clutch ended up residing in its sump,” said Astridge. 

“To that point I had made three finals out of the four run to that point, winning two of those, and holding a points lead with a nice margin, but I wasn’t relaxed at all. As we have seen, it’s easier to come tumbling down from the top much quicker than you can get there.

“That damage was a big letdown for me at the time, as I was sure to miss the next event while making repairs and it was looking so tough to have to watch the points lead I had built-up evaporate unchallenged. 

“However I had a lucky break with the August round being rained out, which allowed me sufficient time to repair my bike and get back on-track in time for the September event.”

Astridge is determined to make the best of his good fortune, and with a guaranteed spot in the Street Bike Top Eight Shootout on 25 October, is prepared to lay it all on the line this weekend 

“It is kind of ironic how this has played out as I had a clutch failure around the same time in 2011 and lost one event because of it, but went on to win the series that year. Hopefully there is a pattern forming!” said Astridge.

“While I bowed out in round two of September’s event by beating myself with a 0.01 second red light, I still have the points lead and a guaranteed place in the shootout.

“The last few months have really demonstrated the highs and lows of this great sport of ours, and you can be sure I will be doing everything I can to make sure this season ends on a high.

More than 100 racers will take part in Saturday’s event for Street Bike, Street Sedan and Powder Puff (ladies only) honours.

The top eight in the points following this weekend to progress to the Top Eight Shootout which will decide the champions for the respective brackets.

The Powder Puff bracket will hold their Shootout 21 October, while Street Bike and Street Sedan will see their winners crowned on Saturday 25 October.

For more information about the event, visit www.willowbankraceway.com.au



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